Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables
About this program
Foodlink offers the Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables (JSY) Program to emergency agencies. The JSY Program began in New York in 1997 in order to provide nutrition education and obesity prevention programming to low-income clients of the emergency food network. It is funded through the state Department of Health and USDA’s SNAP-Ed Project. SNAP-Ed supports nutrition education for people eligible for SNAP (formerly known as food stamps).
The mission of JSY is to work with organizations that serve food insecure populations to improve the health and nutritional status of SNAP-eligible residents in New York. We do this through promoting fruit and vegetable consumption and empowering clients to make healthy choices.
Foodlink offers JSY classes to our emergency agencies, such as food pantries and soup kitchens. Each class includes a nutrition lesson and activity, a cooking demonstration, and healthy recipes to taste. To request a class, call us at 585-413-4051. To learn more, visit www.jsyfruitveggies.org.
JSY AT THE MARKET
Foodlink also brings JSY to the City of Rochester Public Market. Now located in the new indoor “B” shed year-round, JSY nutrition educators offer free cooking demonstrations on certain Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the year. Workshops run 20-30 minutes and occur on the hour. Topics and recipes change weekly!
NOTE: Due to ongoing construction at the Public Market, JSY demonstrations are on hold until March. We will let you know as soon as we’re offering workshops again!
November-June: At 9 & 10 a.m. every Thursday & select Saturdays
JSY’s goal at the market is to help individuals and families prepare easy, delicious, and healthy meals on a budget. Foodlink encourages community organizations to bring their groups to a workshop. If interested, please reach out to Marcy McMahon (email@example.com) or Desiree Bass (firstname.lastname@example.org) in advance via email. Individuals wishing to attend a workshop can simply show up!